With E3 2018 drawing to a close, and so many announcements out there, we’ve picked out the top 10 games we’re excited about here at SBOC. Check out our choices:
10. Doom Eternal
A sequel to 2016’s Doom reboot, Doom Eternal is set to be badder and bloodier than its predecessor. Id Software’s violent shooter has earned itself a massive fanbase since the first game was released in 1993, as it pitched a nameless marine against masses of demons unleashed from hell. We’ve only seen a teaser trailer so far, as more is set to be revealed at August’s QuakeCon, but it shows that this sequel is hoping to bring back all the things fans loved about its predecessor – only better.
9. Cyberpunk 2077
Picking up the story over 50 years after Cyberpunk 2020, the latest trailer for the game teases a level of robotics far beyond what we’ve seen in the original RPG. Still keeping some of the more noticeable neo-noir aesthetics, this sequel is staying true to its origins, without giving away too much of the game’s plot. Cyberpunk 2077 promises to be an RPG packed with player choice – from interactions with NPCs to in-depth characterisation which will have an impact on the world, and the story within it. Like CD Projekt Red‘s other hit Witcher 3, the game will be a single-player game purchased for a one-off fee.
8. Super Mario Party
Launching this October, Super Mario Party is a brand-new Mario Party game coming to the Nintendo Switch. The trailer for this new game featured a Switch-specific feature that sees players able to use multiple Switch units in four-person action – in this mode, the characters can move across the devices which can be placed to make a path.
7. Dying Light 2
Taking place 15 years after the first game, in “the new dark ages”, the zombie apocalypse has dragged back to a place where it’s just as likely that humanity will kill itself than be consumed by hoards of the undead. Chris Avellone (Fallout: New Vegas) has been assisting with the game’s story, which is said to be far more ambitious than the linear tale of the first game, and able to go in multiple directions depending on the players response. Techland are making the most of the Xbox One X, with stunning, rich and sharply drawn visuals, which exceed those of the original for what’s shaping up to be a much more cohesive game.
6. Metro Exodus
Microsoft showed off some of the gameplay for this eagerly anticipated first-person shooter, which offered up a little look at the story as well as showcasing a variety of weapons and customisation options. As with earlier games, there’s a whole heap of mutated creatures being shot down, but the unsettling and tense atmosphere is not lost amongst the heavy gunfire, and with the narration we’re shown, there seems to be a stronger emphasis on storytelling.
5. Skull and Bones
While this isn’t Ubisoft’s first venture into piracy, Skull & Bones certainly seems to be taking the setting to new heights, covering both the start and height of the golden age of piracy. The trailer’s narration explains how piracy came to be, and though the pirate captains frequently betray each other, they know that in order to survive, they must unite. Between powerful adversaries and shaky alliances, Skull & Bones will push players to their limits if they wish to make it out victorious.
4. Marvel’s Spider-Man
Showing off its open-world web-swinging adventure, Marvel’s Spider-Man is changing everything you think of when it comes to superhero games. Focusing on three key focuses of the gameplay – the acrobatic, combo-based combat, the variety of gadgets that players have at their disposal, and obviously the web-swinging action that makes Spider-Man what he is, Insomniac’s game is already going above and beyond fan expectations.
3. Rapture Rejects
Based on the popular webcomic, Cyanide & Happiness, this 2D battle royale sees you left behind after the rapture comes. And with the worst of us left behind, the player must fight to be the last one standing. To impress your way into heaven, you must scavenge for weapons and kill every other person left behind. Expect this somewhat delicate subject to be handled with the dark, sardonic humour that Cyanide & Hapiness is famous for.
2. Fallout 76
Of course this game made the list. A prequel of sorts, Fallout 76 is set to tell the story of some of the first people to leave the vaults, little more than 20 years after the bombs originally dropped, meaning players will see a world in the aftermath of a nuclear war – but not yet ravaged by time. Not only is the setting very different from what fans have seen before, but there’s some significant differences to gameplay, which is set to be far more co-operative, needing a constant link to the internet.
This probably isn’t a game that you’ve heard a lot about during E3, but this open-world shark RPG puts you within the jaws of a deadly Bull Shark – while you play as the animal terrorising the waters of the Gulf Coast. Throughout the game, your lone shark must strive to survive, climbing the “shark skill tree” where you can unlock perks to transform your shark into the ultimate killing machine.
Last of Us 2
Tender and terrifying, Sony’s sequel to its popular Last of Us debuted a new trailer that shows main character Ellie’s polarising situation, from a tender kiss on the dancefloor, to the shocking violence of her slitting a man’s throat. This brutal survival game is certainly one to look forward to, promising to be more ruthless than the original.
Forza Horizon 4
Perhaps not the biggest surprise of the expo, Forza Horizon 4 brings an interesting new addition to the series, in the form of dynamic seasons, which will allow players to transition between spring, summer, autumn and winter, as well as facing the real-world hazards that would come with those conditions. Set in Britain, the game includes stunning 4K photorealistic visuals, and supports cross-play and cross-save across Xbox One and Windows 10.
Which games are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments!